2 HHS officials forced out for inflammatory social media presence

Two HHS officials and former Trump campaigners were dismissed from the agency this week, according to a report from Politico.

Tim Clark, the HHS-White House liaison and interim communications chief, will resign and Gavin Smith, a policy adviser, was fired. Politico obtained an internal HHS email confirming the departures.

As the chairman of President Donald Trump's campaign in California, Mr. Clark perpetuated allegations that Hillary Clinton's campaign paid people to provoke violence at Trump rallies and that her campaign chief, John Podesta, participated in satanic practices. Mr. Clark also helped hire and retain other Trump campaigners at HHS who shared controversial social media posts, such as Jon Cordova, a principal deputy assistant secretary, and Ximena Barreto, a deputy communications director, according to the report.

Mr. Smith used his personal Twitter account to mock Republican senators he felt did not support President Trump and to criticize reporters and media outlets.

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